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indefinitely. that because of the protest by supporters of islamist president mohammed morsi. the court was set to rule on the legitimacy of the islamist dominated panel that drafted the new constitution. but it now says it cannot operate in what it calls a "climate filled with hatred." steve harrigan live in cairo at the moment with the latest developments. not very encouraging, steve. good morning. >> reporter: certainly not. in a blow to the egypt constitutional court. judges were going to meet today but the building they were going to meet in was surrounded by protesters in favor of the egypt president mohammed morsi. the judges were too concerned about trying to enter the building. they failed to do so. they said they would not meet anymore under the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. to an example of mob rule here. justices building surrounded and the justices failing to meet today. as far as the constitution, pushed through in one night, earlier in the week, it's now set to go to a referendum. nationwide vote on this. december 15. president morsi said those extreme powers which he adop
. there have been protests on both sides, but their concern is the supports of the islamic president mohammed morsi. the other protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the new president. is the white house doing if you have to respond to the situation? is it even a situation we have to be involved in? stein yates is former deputy assistant for vice president of national security affairs. steven welcome. >> thank you. >> jamie: president morsi presented a new constitution. what does it provide and what concern if any should the u.s. have? >> well, among the key concer concerns is the notion that he is not subject to judicial review. in any normal democratic system where there are checks and balances you would have legislative check and judicial check among others on act of an overact as executive. what we see with mohammed morsi, leader of the muslim brotherhood is after winning a narrow election he is using every tool at his disposal to make generational impact by way of what he says. >> jamie: when i watch the pictures and i see both sides protesting, i wonder to myself so
? will it be an islamic state? >> this is a significant victory for the muslim brotherhood and president mohammed morsi even though voter turnout was down. the approval rate looks to be 63, 64%. that's not far off from what the muslim brotherhood got in the parliamentary agreement which was ruled illegal prompting a battle between morsi and the judiciary. they've proven they can get out the votes. there are clams claims of fraud and they'll reject the legitimacy of the constitution. the struggle is hardlily over but it's a success for the muslim brotherhood. >> this is a defeat for the christians? there are dire warnings of consequentials for the christian minority making up 10% of egypt. what does this mean for those who are not muslim? >> for the cop ticks it's immense concern. during the last two years of the arab spring, something in the order of over 100,000 coptic christians fled egypt and they're facing the prospect of sharia law. they don't think they're just a bunch of moderates. this is a worrying development, there's a lot of speculation the coptic christian christmas which is january 7th ne
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